When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Mexico City?
The peak season for Mexico City runs from December until April with Christmas and Easter considered ‘ultra-peak’ times. The holidays can dramatically push airfare higher. However, great deals on cheap flights to Mexico City are available towards the tail end of this peak season, usually in February or March. Airfares will then experience a steady rise from May until August thanks to the summer holidays before they drop once more in September due to hurricane season.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Mexico City?
To get great deals on flights, consider booking your 2023 / 2024 return flights around two to three months prior to your desired departure dates. While deals on last-minute flights are not uncommon, you’re most likely to find them in January and February after the festive rush has died down. If you’re travelling on a tight budget, flexibility on your dates can result in great savings. Airfares can vary considerably over the course of a month (or even over a week), so try different combinations of dates to find the best price.
Flying to Mexico City International Airport MEX
Direct flights to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) from the UK are only available from London Heathrow with Aeroméxico and, on occasion, British Airways. Indirect flights to Mexico City are the most readily available options through many different airlines departing from all major UK airports. These airports include Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Glasgow. Direct flights usually take between 10 and 12 hours, whereas indirect services generally take a few hours longer. Stopovers are usually in Europe or North America. Plus, these routes tend to boast significant savings that can make your air travel more budget-friendly. Other carriers operating return flights from the UK are Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, Air Canada and American Airlines.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Mexico City International Airport (MEX), officially known as Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, is comprised of two passenger terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. They are situated three kilometres (just under two miles) apart and are served by an Airtrain. Journey time between terminals is five minutes. The inter-terminal train is located at Gate 6 in Terminal 1 and Gate 4 in Terminal 2. International arrivals, for locations outside of South and Central America, are located in Terminal 2. Banking services, currency exchanges, shopping and dining options are available to passengers in both terminals as is access to VIP lounges. Those travelling in economy class will have to pay a surcharge to gain access.
Getting to the City from Mexico City International Airport MEX
The airport is well connected to the city. Buses run 24 hours a day to a variety of locations in Mexico City along with other localities. Bus stations can be found on the ground floor of Terminal 2 and on the upper and ground floors of Terminal 1. Metro stations are also located near both terminals with several lines that run to different locations within the city. A one-way ticket costs a few pesos or you can buy a reusable travel cards for around 10 pesos. Taxi ranks are located at the entrances of both terminals. You should check the cost for a taxi before you leave; the price will be printed right next to the rank.
Why visit Mexico City?
If you’re on the lookout for the most exciting cities to visit in 2023 / 2024, then Mexico City is easily one of them. Whether you want to learn more about Mexico’s national painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, or find out more about Mexico’s Aztec past, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Take a tour of Rivera’s murals depicting Mexican culture and history in dazzling detail and colour. Then, be sure to visit the Casa Azul for an in-depth look at Kahlo’s life and work.
If exploring the great outdoors is more your style, then the Desierto de los Leones is the perfect spot. Although it may be the ‘Desert of Lions’, you’ll find no lions here. Instead, it is a sparsely populated national park that lies to the south-west of the city and it is a popular location for hiking. Families, locals and tourists, in addition to both novice and experienced hikers, all love to spend time wandering the trails here.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
A visa is not required for UK citizens travelling to Mexico. However, you will need to fill out an immigration form before disembarking. Your cabin crew will provide the forms. It is possible that officials will ask for your departure details, so keep your itinerary handy when you go through customs. Mexico uses the Mexican peso as their currency. It is a widely available currency that you can order before travelling. However, if needed, ATMs and bureaus de change are available at the airport.